By Jim Pitts
Chris Boleware hit a jumper at the final buzzer as the Navarro Bulldogs rallied for an 83-82 win over the Temple College Leopards to finish the first day of the Lewis Orr Classic at the K. and Ida Wolens Special Events Center late Thursday night.
Navarro (4-1) rallied from a 10-point deficit over the final four minutes by outscoring the Leopards 15-4 to end the game. The run was sparked by a dunk by Duan Wright after Temple had taken a 78-68 lead.
“We are a work in progress,” said Navarro coach Michael Landers of his team, “but we played hard.”
Navarro is scheduled to face Hill at 7 p.m. Friday on the final day of the Classic.
Early on, it was all Navarro as the Bulldogs scored the first five points and eventually led by 13, 30-17, after a Troy Jones offensive rebound and put-back. Temple slowly chipped away at the Navarro lead, taking its first lead of the night, 41-40, after a Brandon Thompson basket with 46 seconds remaining in the first half.
Navarro used balanced scoring with five players scoring in double digits. The Bulldogs were led by Wright with 13, while Boleware had 12, DaShawn Robinson and Khory Ross, both with 11, and Toney Foster added 10. Temple was paced by Joe Jackson, who led all scorers with 22. Ray Edwards added 18 for the Leopards.
The Leopards suffered their first loss to fall to 5-1. Both teams are back in action Friday with Temple taking on Angelina at 5 p.m.